How valuable is contraband to prison inmates? Valuable enough that they would literally kill someone over contraband being confiscated. Cell phones may well be the most dangerous type of prison contraband. Today, Robert Johnson is a consultant to Securus Technologies the Dallas Texas-based company whose product line promotes prison and public safety. In 2010 when he was shot six times at point-blank-range in his own home Mr. Johnson was a captain at South Carolina’s Lee Correctional Institution.
Robert Johnson has a particular talent for finding contraband. The attempt on his life was spawned by his intercepting a package containing roughly $50,000 worth of contraband. In response, the gang that was awaiting the package used a contraband cell phone to put out a contract on Mr. Johnson’s life. The would-be assassin Sean Echols was paid $6,000 to carry out the hit. As part of his crusade to make the public aware of the dangers of contraband cell phones, Robert Johnson has testified before the Federal Communications Commission. As a consultant to Securus, he has helped develop the companies Wireless Containment System.
Securus Technologies’ Wireless Containment System (WCS) detects and blocks cell phone signals thus rendering the devices useless to inmates. Over a one year period, 1.7 million calls from contraband cell phones were blocked by WCS. Both effective and economical, Securus has spent $40 million developing its WCS system and continues to invest money in making the system even more effective.
Governmental forms and regulations were a stumbling block to more prisons employing the Wireless Containment System. Rick Smith Securus’ Chairman of the Board and CEO reports that in March of 2017 the FCC loosened those restrictions. This gives Robert Johnson the hope that now more prisons will make WCS a part of their security system. To illustrate why he refers to contraband cellphones as “dangerous weapons” Mr. Johnson sites not only the attempt on his life but also, the tragically successful attempt on the life of nine-month-old Kendarius Edwards Jr. Little Kendarius was murdered after an inmate used a contraband cellphone to put out a contract on the baby’s life.
Securus Technologies is a well-known prison communication company based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Securus provides prisoners with secure connections with family and friends. Law enforcement agencies and corrections facilities rely on Securus to provide easy to use communications.
With more than 30 years experience in law enforcement and correctional facility communication, Securus technologies provide a wide variety of communication programs. Securus’ commitment to its audience shows in their willingness to provide secure communication for inmates, correction officers, and the public. Many of the newer communications platforms can be customized to suit individual needs.
The recent Better Business Bureau (BBB) accreditation Securus received has proven their competence to get the job done. It also proves that they can be trusted to provide the best communication systems available.
GovPayNet is a credit and debt payment processor for the government. Their website touts that they provide “the simple way to pay.” Users of the GovPayNet system can use any major credit or debit card to make payments. They can also deposit funds into their account. Securus Technologies has some payment systems already set up for prisoners. The recent acquisition of GovPayNet as a means of making payments provides customers with the means to pay court fines, cash bail and pay for traffic violations.
The combination of JPay’s educational and entertainment modules with GovPayNet’s system nearly completes Securus Technologies acquisitions. Prisoners, correction officers, and the public now have a fairly seamless way to communicate, conduct transactions and be entertained in a secure environment.
This is the perfect marriage because having a secure system to communicate and send money provides peace of mind. For many inmates, it is important that they do have the means to connect with family and friends. It is equally important for the correction officers to maintain safety for everyone.
You may have heard of Securus Technologies. If you have ever had a family member or friend incarcerated, there is a good chance that you have used one of the services provided by Securus. Its phone service allows inmates to speak to their loved ones and also helps monitor phone calls for criminal activities. This ensures the well being of the public. It also helps keep the incarcerated a little bit safer. Securus helps police get information on incoming contraband, planned crimes, and even planned hits on inmates and civilians.
That is not the only service that Securus provides. Securus is an innovative company that creates technologies that serve a noble purpose. Their solutions are used all over the United States, to help prevent crime. Securus recently stated that they create a new technology about once a week.
Recently Securus shared some letters and e-mails that were sent in from the faculty and officials of these government services. If you were not a fan of Securus before, you will be now! I know it definitely helped me gain perspective of how important the technology provided by this company is.
The testimonials share true-life accounts of how their services have helped keep the community safer. The accounts are from prisons and jails across the United States. They are extremely compelling. One excerpt tells of how the police were able to obtain a search warrant that led to the arrest of a corrupt staff member. In another account, an inmate was caught telling a younger sibling to make false statements about a shooting.
The technology has become highly valued in the field of law enforcement. Facility customers, competitor customers, and investors (potential and existing) are welcome to come to the Technology Center in Dallas, Texas to see a presentation.
There are many people that are incarcerated across the country, and they get very lonely for their family and friends when they are in the facilities. Since Securus Technologies deals with the public safety field on a regular basis, they created Video Visitations for the inmates and their loved ones. This way, they can talk to their loved ones, and see them too. It is also very easy to do, and it gives the inmates a better overall attitude. This, in turn, keeps the entire environment in a safer mode for everyone that is involved.
Using the Video Visitation has been very successful, and many of the customers of the company are raving about it. It makes the facilities much more safer for everyone involved, and saves them money and time.
Securus Technologies is a company that creates new ways to protect the public on a weekly basis. They are the leader in the public safety field, and they are known all over the world for their excellent work. As they progress into the future, they will create more and more ways to make the world a safer place for everyone.